“Santa Songs: A Christmas Cabaret” — playing Dec. 6, 2015 at PianoForte in Chicago, a concert of holiday music celebrating Santa traditions from Father Christmas to Old St. Nick and Kris Kringle, staring Daniel T. Johnson with music director Mark Burnell at the piano, based on staging by Matthew Ellenwood.
Daniel Johnson, actor/vocalist, is a frequent interpreter of holiday material having appeared many times as Santa professionally and for charity. His acting has been featured in “A Christmas Carol” and “Miracle on 34th St.” Daniel is a veteran musical theatre performer of material from Gilbert and Sullivan to Cole Porter. This will be his fifth year presenting “Santa Songs: A Christmas Cabaret.” Dan has appeared around Chicago with SongShop Live and in “Strut Your Stuff” with Chicago Cabaret Professionals and recently made his solo debut at Davenport’s Cabaret in “Wilde and Woolley: a musical exploration of Cole Porter’s Inner Circle.”
Mark Burnell is an accomplished pianist/vocalist/arranger and one of Chicago’s most sought after musicians, working with a wide array of talent.
Matthew Ellenwood is a vocal director active in the Chicago Cabaret Community and serves as Artistic Director of Terra Mysterium Performance Troupe.
Paul L. Johnson, composer, is a NYC based composer/musical director. Among his most notable achievements are: conductor for the world premiere of WHERE ELEPHANTS WEEP in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia; recipient of two OOBR awards for composing and musically directing COWBOYS! and TANGO MASCULINO at Wings Theatre in NYC. He has also musically directed over 180 productions for regional, community and Off-Off Broadway theater. Paul has composed many songs for church, for cabaret and for the musical theater.
There will be one 10 minute intermission
This Evening’s Songs
Mummer’s Bells (lyric trad., music Paul L. Johnson)
Ballad of St. Nicholas (lyric Mike Sherer, music traditional)
Night Before Christmas Jig (lyric C. Moore, music Paul L. Johnson)
Toyland (Herbert and MacDonough, 1903)
Parade of the Wooden Soldiers (Jessel and McDonald, 1922)
Medley: A Christmas Carol (Tom Lehrer) Silver and Gold (Johnny Marks, 1992) Oh, Christmas Tree (Traditional)
Pine Cones and Holly Berries (Meredith Willson, 1963)
That’s What I’d Like For Christmas (Bricusse and Ornadel, 1963)
Dear Ole Santy Claus (lyrics – Dan Johnson and David Stephens, music trad.)
My Grown-up Christmas Wish (Linda Thompson-Jenner and David Foster, 1990)
Expect Things to Happen and Up on the Rooftop (Meredith Willson, 1963)
Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town (Gillespie and Coots, 1932)
Here’s Love (Meredith Willson, 1963)
Yes, Virginia (There’s a Santa Claus) (Whatley and Schermerhorn, 2010)
Here Comes Santa Claus (Autry and Haldeman, 1947)
Be A Santa (lyric, Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music, J. Styne, 1961)
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